740.00119 FEAC (Info)/3–2447: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Political Adviser in Japan (Atcheson)


100. FEC 13. Publication of Policy Decision re Review of New Jap Constitution.49 FEC Mar 20 approved motion to release to press outside Japan above policy decision.50 US Govt condition re time of release read into minutes by US rep and accepted by other members. In adopting motion several members expressed unhappiness that publication in Japan not provided for although publication outside Japan considered step in right direction.

Supply of foods for civilian relief in Japan. At FEC meeting Mar 20 US rep made it clear that he would veto FEC committee paper on food policy if brought to vote unless obnoxious paragraph deleted. No move therefore made to force vote. US rep as Chairman then called for motion to adopt US version of food paper but no response. Chairman then ruled that both papers defeated. Matter will therefore be removed from agenda unless reintroduced by some member.

  1. For text of FEC policy decision, FEC–099/3, December 12, 1946, see Activities of the Far Eastern Commission, p. 68.
  2. See Department of State Bulletin, May 5, 1947, p. 802; the text was released April 18 and a directive was sent to SCAP.